Honoring the Live I’ve Been Given

I will choose to honor the life I have been given

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway! Choose just one word. One word you can focus on every day, all year long… One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps. Discover the big impact one word can make. One word. 365 days. A changed life.


Do you choose a word for the year? This is my fourth year to participate in One Word 365. My previous three words were Grace (2015), Simplify (2014), and Quiet (2013).

Focusing on a year of grace has made me more compassionate towards others, and maybe most importantly, to myself. I didn’t realize how horribly I had been berating myself over little mistakes and bad habits. Over the past year, I have learned to STOP putting myself down and start leaning into the same grace I give everyone else.

So what about this year? I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and one word keeps coming to mind over and over, so I’m going with it.


Instead of anxiously wondering “what’s next?” and worrying about whether I’m missing out on something, I will choose to honor where I am right now.

Instead of comparing myself to others and giving into the sticky temptation of pride, I will honor the life I’ve been given by fully investing in the way my unique gifts and talents can serve others.

I will choose to honor the life I've been given

I will honor my family with love and attention.

I will honor my body with exercise, nutrition and rest.

I will honor my home by making it a safe haven for our family, wherever home happens to be.

The truth is, I have been given too much to be anxious and unsatisfied. My cup runs over, and I will honor it.

Honoring the Life I've Been Given

Honoring the Life I've Been Given

Honoring the Life I've Been Given

What is your word of the year?

  • Yvette Quantz January 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    My word is LISTEN… Here is something I wrote about my word earlier this month! I usually start reflecting during the month of December & this year the word “listen” kept popping up. I thought it was a great one because it can apply to to so many areas. So this years theme…Listen more.. Here are just a few ways I plan to listen in 2016: ✔️to my children and what they are trying to communicate through the lines ✔️to my husband and really understand more of what is going on in his world ✔️to my family and friends and really be present during our time together ✔️to my clients and customers, this includes being open to how I can continue to improve products and services ✔to more audiobooks, podcast, and Ted Talks that educate and inspire me to live better ✔️to my body and give it what it needs, not always what it wants, which includes rest even though I want to keep going ✔️to my God and continue to be open to his plans for me and my life ✔️to myself, which means trusting my instinct and intuition as I move forward into 2016. ✨✨✨

  • Beth R February 4, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I love your word. My word for 2016 (which I tried to use and due to slew of stuff, like pneumonia that wouldn’t quit and a broken wrist). is thrive. I am going to feel better this year. I am going to nurture my self. I am going to eat good food and not focus on all the damn things it is free of, and I am going to move more and when the slump of winter hits and drags me to the pit, I am going to be read. After 21 years of taking care of everyone else, this year I am taking care of me.